Virgin Pulse Taps Progressive Well-Being Experts to Form Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board

Committee will advise Virgin Pulse on platform and product offerings while delivering content to educate and inform Virgin Pulse customers

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--()--Virgin Pulse, the market leader in the rapidly-growing employee health engagement category, today announced the creation of the Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board. Culled from a wide variety of experts and luminaries across the well-being spectrum whose research has long benefitted Virgin Pulse, the Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board ensures that Virgin Pulse is consistently monitoring and acting on the research and drivers of real, long-lasting behavior change and well-being as the company continues to enhance its platform. This science-backed approach allows experts on the Board working with Virgin Pulse to ensure each component of the company’s well-being platform is molded and backed by leading scientific research that maximizes the impact in all areas of employee well-being and the outcomes the program produces.

The Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board brings together the best minds across internationally recognized professionals and academics specializing in key fields. Their research will continue to ensure Virgin Pulse’s future innovation and product development is rooted in the latest scientific findings. Board members include:

  • Shelley Carson, Ph.D.: Carson is a Harvard-educated doctor of experimental psychopathology. Her research focuses on creativity, psychopathology and resilience, and has been widely published in national and international peer-reviewed science journals.
  • Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, Ph.D., MPH: Christakis directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University and is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. He is a social scientist and physician who conducts research in the areas of biosocial science, network science, and behavior genetics.
  • Eric A Finkelstein, Ph.D., M.H.A.: Finkelstein is Executive Center Director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care and Professor at the Duke‐National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School and Research Professor at Duke University Global Health Institute. He is a leading international health economist doing research in the economics of health behaviors.
  • Ron Goetzel, Ph.D.: Goetzel is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for Truven Health Analytics. He is a nationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation and outcomes research.
  • Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH: Landrigan is Director of the Sleep and Patient Safety Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Research Director of Inpatient Pediatrics at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. A major focus of his work has been evaluating the effects of healthcare provider sleep deprivation on patient and provider safety, and the effects of interventions to reduce these risks.
  • I-Min Lee, MBBS, ScD, MPH: Lee is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research primarily focuses on the role of physical activity in preventing chronic diseases and enhancing longevity.
  • David Nash, MD, MBA: Nash is the Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University. He is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development and quality-of-care improvement. Nash is a member of the Board of Directors of the Population Health Alliance, and is also on the NQF task force for Improving Population Health.
  • P. K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS: Newby is a Harvard-trained nutrition scientist and food writer with more than fifteen years of experience researching and teaching why what we eat matters, farm to fork. She is an internationally recognized expert for her work in diet and obesity and communicates regularly with the public as “The Nutrition Doctor” on a wide range of issues in food, nutrition, and sustainability.

“Well-being is about so much more than taking a certain amount of steps every day or choosing a salad instead of fries,” said Dr. Jennifer Turgiss, Vice President, Health Solutions at Virgin Pulse and Director of the Virgin Pulse Institute. “To truly understand and impact employee well-being, organizations must take a holistic approach that integrates a wide variety of elements that impact physical, cognitive, and emotional states. By partnering with experts in these fields, we are ensuring that we’ve got our fingers on the pulse of the latest developments across the Board members’ fields of expertise. We’ll be more informed, our customers and members will be more informed, and everyone will stand to benefit. This is an amazing collection of brainpower and experience and we look forward to bringing their collective knowledge to life in our platform.”

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About Virgin Pulse

Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s famed Virgin Group, helps employers create a workforce with the energy, focus, and drive necessary to fully engage at work and in life. With its award-winning, online platform, the company fosters healthy daily habits and sustainable behavior change that help employees thrive at work and across all aspects of life. Unlike narrowly-focused employee health and engagement solutions, Virgin Pulse is a hub of consumer-focused strategies and innovative tools that set the foundation for a company’s engagement efforts. More than 250 industry leaders representing more than 2 million employees have selected Virgin Pulse’s programs to reinvigorate their workplace. Learn more at


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Dan Gaffney, 617-986-5036

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Virgin Pulse today announced the creation of the Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board.


For Virgin Pulse
Dan Gaffney, 617-986-5036